‘Porch pirating’ becomes more popular as holidays approach

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Posted on December 7, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 1:39 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – If you ship or receive packages this time of year, there is a nationwide problem the industry wants you to be aware of called “porch pirating,” in which thieves steal packages from your doorstep.

The thieves have been known to follow delivery trucks looking for prime targets, and most thieves strike during the day.

When thieves hit Amanda Price’s St. Louis area home, they got away with $250 worth of kids gifts and left the boxes behind on her porch.

Price says she did not call police, which makes it very hard to track the number of crimes like this across the country.

The UPS store in Kirkwood is preparing for its busiest shipping day next Monday. A UPS spokesman says drivers try to hide packages when they can, but it is not always possible.

There are other options to having packages set on the porch: customers can ask the shipper to require a signature for delivery, and some shippers will let you choose the delivery time for an extra fee. Or you can have it delivered to a local store.

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